Beiwen Zhang to play for U.S. Open Women's Singles title

June 17, 2018, 12:18 a.m. (ET)

Beiwen Zhang advances to US Open Final


(photo by Chris Do)

Beiwen Zhang has been on a rollercoaster of a journey in the world of badminton. She played in China before moving to Singapore to play badminton at the age of 13. Six years later, she again moved, this time to the United States in 2013. Now, after completing an incredible comeback in the semifinals against Aya Ohori of Japan, 20-22, 23-21, 21-13, Zhang has a chance to win her second U.S. Open.

 

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It wasn’t easy for the 27-year old American, who lost a tight opening game of the match 20-22. Tied at 16-16, the two traded points back-and-forth until Ohori scored two straight after it was tied 20-20.

Then in game two, down 14-20, looking exhausted and facing septuple match point, Zhang buckled down and played a nearly flawless in the next seven points to take the lead, 21-20.

 


Ohori came back to tie it at 21-21, but Zhang finished the remarkable comeback by scoring the next two points and winning game two, 23-21.

 

At first it was already 14-20, so that pressure, I’ve already been through. Then when I caught up, I was telling myself to just keep going, don’t relax – hang there, we’ll be done soon.


With the sold out crowd at Titan Gym behind Zhang for game three, it was Ohori who seemed to be tired, and the American took advantage. The decisive final game was tied at 8-8 early before Zhang pushed it to 15-10 and never looked back. Zhang went on to score five of the final six points of the match to close out a comeback for the ages.

At that point I thinking, ok, I just scored, so I have to play like I can. Don’t think too much, hit [the shuttle] first, that’s what I was thinking.


Zhang will face 2012 Olympic gold medalist Li Xuerui, of China, in the finals on Sunday. 

For a complete recap of Saturday’s action at the 2018 YONEX U.S. Open, CLICK HERE.